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Large parts of Paphos road network hit by flooding

The river flows over the Nata bridge in the Paphos distrcit on Wednesday morning (Susan Griffiths)

As strong winds and torrential rains persisted throughout the day on Wednesday, a large portion of the Paphos road network suffered extensive damage, much of it caused by torrents from the overflowing Dhiarizos river.

The fire service rushed to pull a car out of the Dhiarizos river which had overflowed on Wednesday, after it was swept away by the river.

The owner said that it was an abandoned car given away for parts, but was parked far away from the river bed.

The villages of Kouklia, Mamonia, Agios Georgios, Nata, and Kelokedara, which line the Dhiarizos river, suffered extensive damage from the flood, which also led to dozens of roads being closed off for safety reasons.

By 5pm, three reservoirs in the Paphos district had overflown: the Mavrokolympos reservoir with water capacity 2.18 million cubic metres, the Argaka reservoir which can hold 990,000 cubic metres of water, and the Pomos reservoir which can hold 860,000 cubic metres of water.

The Paphos-Limassol highway has also been marked as unsafe due to accumulating water and hail.

Numerous roads across the Paphos network have also been marked as unsafe due to ice, but also due to landslides, accumulating mud, and fallen trees, which district administration and public works crews were attempting to clear off the roads throughout the day.

 

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